Short and Sweet: Killer by Sara Shepard

3047849I’m back! Well, sort of. This is just a quick little review, but it still counts as a post right?

I was in a rut. I had started reading something that I didn’t find interesting and when I put it down, I struggled to pick it up again. This happens to me sometimes when reading, and I feel like I have to finish something before I can start something new so I get sort of stuck.

Sometimes when this happens, it helps for me to read something light. Since I had already read the first few “Pretty Little Liars” books, I decided to quickly read the next one. And I actually finished it.

I’m not sure what it is about these books, but they’re actually pretty interesting. I do follow the television show (I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before), and it’s interesting to see the differences between the two.

There really isn’t much to be said about the books. They really could probably be squeezed into one larger book, but it was enjoyable to read and I’ll probably read the next one.

Now that I’ve finished a book, I’m looking forward to starting another one. I’m really interested in Paper Towns and want to see the movie, so maybe you’ll see that next on my book reviews.

Anyway, thanks to anyone who reads these posts. I really appreciate any interest you show in looking at my posts.

Thanks again for reading 🙂

Perfect, Unbelievable, and Wicked by Sara Shepard

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In my last post I believe I said that I was going to just read a bunch of the Pretty Little Liars books and then make a huge post about them all. This isn’t quite as far as I thought I would have gotten, but I found myself reading them like it was a chore and not something that I was actually enjoying.

I’ve always been the type that has to finish something once I’ve started it. You can’t just stop reading in the middle of a series, you have to have an ending. But I have also been known to put something down and never pick it back up just because it wasn’t interesting to me or because I was assigned to read it. I hate feeling like I’m being forced to read. These books were somewhat enjoyable and very simple to get through, but the characters aren’t very likeable and the story isn’t nearly as exciting as the show. Plus, knowing happened in the show and what changes they made for the better, just makes the books seem like a first draft of something that ended up really good.

I’ll admit it. I stopped reading altogether. I thought about this blog and the promise that I made to myself, but I just couldn’t pick up the next book and keep reading. I needed something to spark my interest again.

This past weekend I went to see the movie Gone Girl. It blew me away. I knew there was going to be a twist, but I didn’t expect it to be anything like it was. It may be one of the best movies I’ve seen this year so far. Being a reader, I knew that Gone Girl was originally a book. As soon as I got home from seeing it, I bought the book on my Kindle. It’s so good, I can’t put it down.

I love the feeling when you pick up something and start reading and fall in love with reading all over again. Gone Girl has completely cured me of the slump that the Pretty Little Liars series left me in. It made me want to read more and to actually have a somewhat impressive list of books that I was able to read in the last year.

Thanks to everyone who has followed me and liked my posts. I do hope that you enjoy reading what I have to say and I’d love to hear from you more. I’m not going to write a review for each of the Pretty Little Liars books, because there isn’t really much to say about them. I may pick them up again and finish the series, but probably not for awhile.

I’m Still Reading, I Swear!

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I know that it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted, but I’ve still been keeping up with my resolution and reading. I’m making my way through the Pretty Little Liars series, and instead of having a ton of posts about the same series I decided that I’ll read a few and then do a post with my thoughts about all of them at the same time.

So even though it may seem like I’m not keeping up with my resolution, I swear I am.

I do sort of wish I hadn’t started reading this series though. Not because they’re bad or anything like that, I just have this sort of habit of having to finish a series once I start it. It’s taking more time than I wanted it to and there are other books that I want to read.

Maybe at some point I’ll take a break from them and read something else, but they are pretty quick to get through if I dedicate the time to it, so we’ll see.

Flawless by Sara Shepard

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Okay, so I went ahead and read the next book. I actually finished it about two weeks ago and haven’t had time to post about it until now. It’s crazy because I thought graduating and not having to go to classes or do work would leave me more time to read/blog, but I’ve been super busy with the job search and everything else that life has thrown at me recently.

I’m pretty sure I’m just going to go ahead and read all of the Pretty Little Liars books that are out. They’re pretty easy to get through, so I’m hoping they don’t take up too much time. I just feel bad about starting a series of books and then never reading through all of them. Like I have to finish things before I can start something else.

This book, like the first was pretty similar to the television series. It kind of blows my mind how quickly the show went through these two books. I’m so used to one book being one whole season. I feel like if I read these books as they came out and had to wait for what happened next and then watched the show and saw how quickly everything flew by I would be kind of disappointed. Maybe it was a decision made by the editor to shorten the books and put out more of them, who knows…

The biggest thing I have to talk about from this book is ***SPOILER ALERT***
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Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

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So I finished reading the first book in the Pretty Little Liars series pretty quickly (just haven’t gotten the chance to post until now). It was easy to fly through, especially since the chapters are so short. It was definitely nice to read something like that after how long it took me to read the A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Someone commented on my last post when I started reading this book and said that they didn’t read any of the others because they found the characters too unlikeable. I could definitely see where they’re coming from. These girls are kind of brats and they do a lot of stupid things (drinking and driving, sleeping with your teacher or your sister’s fiance, etc.). But I think the fact that they’re unlikeable is sort of the point. The fact that they’ve turned out this way as a result of their friend going missing really shows how much of an impact Ali had on each one of them.

The first book was almost exactly the same storyline as the first episode of the television series. I was a little shocked because I thought that it would have at least gone a little further into the first season, but I think there are something like 16 books in this series, so I guess they take place in a shorter amount of time than the show.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read. I’ve started the second book and I’ll probably end up reading them all eventually.

Currently Reading: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

ad4d06aa24b4764b20aafaaf4aeaa84bI’m not completely sure I’m ready to take on reading this entire series. Apparently there are 16 of them, and the last one is coming out this December, who knew?

I’m a fan of the television series and bought the first book a while ago (after watching the first season, finding out there were books, and needing to know who A was). I do know that the show has strayed somewhat from the books, but I think it might be interesting to see if there are any similarities/differences and where the story went in the books.

I’m about six chapters in, and so far it’s exactly like the first season. I actually really like all the Philadelphia/Pennsylvania references. Not sure if I’ve said this before, but I’m from Pa and actually went to college in Philly, so it’s pretty interesting and makes me connect a little more to the books.

Really, what I want to know is if anyone has actually read through all of the books in the series. Are they worth it? Are they as good? I’d really like to know. ALSO: if anyone wants to talk PLL and theories with me, I’d love to do that!